Those Who Forget

History and Digital Media

We have more access than ever before in the known timeline of human culture to the historical archives. Previously the domain of scholars, you have a library in the palm of your hand. This power, however, overwhelms many of us most of the time.

There’s also the practical necessity of earning a living and providing for your family. Not to mention the terrifying facts of our recent history and how they are difficult to process intellectually and emotionally. These forces and the excessive flood of entertainment tend to make studying history a very rare experience.

No Future, No Past: No Past, No Future

We are caught in a vicious cycle of depressing proportions. With the outlook seemingly bleak, studying the past sounds like a horrible idea. Without tapping into the lessons of our predecessors, we lack the context and courage to face the present problems.

What we may be missing is the incredible sense of fun and drama that the historical record actually contains. Far from boring, history is much more wild and weird than anything on Netflix. The Civil Rights Movement is a case in point.

A Day to Remember

Let’s begin the process of turning this around and transforming our predicament into a predictable path to prosperity. By confronting our past we can gain inspiration to conquer the present problems.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great writer, thinker, speaker, and dreamer. If we want to make our world a better place, there’s no better place to begin. Learning about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement will steep you in good energy and will lead you to learn some amazing things. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

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